Oliver Beanie by The Hook Nook | Pattern Review
I came across the Oliver Beanie crochet pattern by The Hook Nook while searching Ravelry for a project that used one ball of We Are Knitters The Wool. I had one left over from the pattern review I did for a gorgeous cowl by Joy of Motion (click HERE to check out that review) and I was anxious to get this luxurious wool on my hook again.
Now, I’m a sucker for crochet that looks knit and this beanie had me like WHOA!
Oliver Beanie Pattern and Materials Info
This pattern comes in 2 sizes (adult and child). No finished dimensions were provided, but I was pretty sure I fell into the “adult” size, lol.
I went ahead and chained the adult size and was super happy with how it was turning out, until I had to close up the top… Let’s just say yarn this bulky does NOT like to be gathered and squished into place! It took me a couple of tries, but I got it!
This pattern lists Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick as an alternative yarn to use, but I would disagree as this is a case all yarn is not created equal.
Don’t let that stop you from making this awesome beanie! Just check out my Tips For Beginners section below for some handy info to help you in working up this quick and easy project.
In the picture above you can see the noticeable size difference between the two different yarns. (The pattern says to continue the rows until you reach a certain length which accounts for the same width of the two beanies.)
Things I Love About This Pattern
- The BEST knit-look crochet design that I have seen.
- There are lots of helpful photos in this pattern, including ones on how to close up the top.
Things I Didn’t Love About This Pattern
- No finished dimensions are provided making it difficult to determine size.
- There is a mention of circumference in the middle of the pattern, but no mention of finished height.
- The alternate yarn choice was too thin to achieve gauge without being too holey so it ended up being too short (top to bottom).
- Gauge is provided, however, in both samples I had a hard time achieving gauge.
- The sample made in The Wool (the recommended yarn) ended up being a little too big.
Tips For Beginners
- If using We Are Knitters The Wool, then I recommend chaining two less than instructed. It’s easier to add a row to the brim if the hat is a tad too short, then it is removing two stitches from each row.
- If using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, then I recommend chaining about two more than instructed.
- For either versions, when crocheting the rows, I would recommend crocheting two inches shorter then instructed to account for stretch.
Now it’s your turn! Grab your supplies and get started! Be sure to drop by and let me know how much you loved creating this project! XOXO, Jules
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